|Publication number||US7325255 B2|
|Application number||US 11/415,682|
|Publication date||Feb 5, 2008|
|Filing date||May 2, 2006|
|Priority date||May 2, 2006|
|Also published as||US20070266477|
|Publication number||11415682, 415682, US 7325255 B2, US 7325255B2, US-B2-7325255, US7325255 B2, US7325255B2|
|Inventors||Steven E. Cunliffe|
|Original Assignee||Cunliffe Steven E|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Referenced by (4), Classifications (5), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention was not federally sponsored.
1. Field of the Invention
The invention generally relates to the field of clothing, namely hats. More particularly, the present invention relates to baseball caps with retractable accessory holders.
2. Description of the Related Art
Humans have been wearing all kinds of hats to cover their heads for centuries. More recently however, baseball style caps have become a very popular with men, women, young, and old alike. Baseball caps are worn for various reasons, including fashion and sun protection. Baseball caps are also worn during various activities, such as while working indoors/outdoors and while playing sporting events such as golf, tennis, and baseball. It is a common occurrence that while a person is wearing a baseball cap, they are engaged in an activity that requires the use of a small item such as a pen, pencil, bottle cap opener, golf tee, or miniature flashlight. If the person does not have such an item handy, they must locate the item, which can take a long time and be very frustrating.
Previous inventions have attempted to provide a solution to this problem. For example, baseball style caps have been designed having holes in the sides thereof to allow placement of an accessory within the holes. While these hats have succeeded in holding small accessories, the accessories are visible on the outside of the hat, which reduces the aesthetic appeal of the hat. Further, other hats have been designed with a pouch or pocket that is attached to the inside of the hat. While this also helps to contain a small accessory, a wearer must take off the hat to use the accessory located in the inner pouch. This can be inconvenient if a person intends to frequently use the accessory contained within the pouch. Additionally, having a pouch located on the inside of a hat with an item inside can be uncomfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time.
Therefore, there is a present need for a baseball style cap that can hold and conceal a small accessory within the hat in a ready-to-use position that is easily reachable, in a position that minimizes discomfort, does not detract from the style of the cap.
In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangement of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. In addition, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
A primary advantage of this invention is to provide a hat with the capability to hold and retractably conceal a variety of small items such as bottle cap openers, markers, pencils, miniature flashlights, and golf tees.
It is a further advantage of this invention to provide a hat with the capability to hold and retractably conceal a small item without detracting from the outward appearance of the hat.
It is another advantage of this invention to provide a hat with the capability to hold and retractably conceal a small item that is comfortable to wear.
It is a still another advantage of this invention to provide a unique item concealing hat to the field of hats, namely baseball caps.
A final advantage of this invention is to provide an interchangeable removably attachable device upon which one or more retractable items can be removably attached.
These advantages and further advantages and features of the invention will be apparent to one skilled in the art from the disclosure of the present invention as set forth herein.
The present invention involves a hat with the ability to store a small item. The hat is preferably a standard wool or cotton baseball cap. The hat contains a sleeve therein for holding a small item such as a pen, bottle opener, or golf tee. One end of the sleeve contains a retractable band for attachment to an item. The other end of the sleeve contains an opening for access to an item. The retractable band retains the item within the sleeve when the item is not being used. A wearer can reach into the sleeve, pull the item out of the sleeve, use the item, and then place it into the sleeve wherein the retractable band holds it in place while the hat is worn. The sleeve can be sized to fit a pen, golf tee, bottle opener, miniature flashlight, chap stick, or other small item. The retractable band can have an attachment device on one end for the removable attachment of an item.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated.
There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and form a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description, serve to explain the principals of this invention.
Referring now to the drawings,
With respect to the above description it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, including variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly, and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention. Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. Accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents fall within the scope of the present invention.
The above description, together with the accessories of the invention and the various features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific advantages attained by its uses, reference should be made to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.
Further, the purpose of the foregoing abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially the scientists, engineers, and practitioners in the art who are not familiar with patent or legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of the application. The abstract is neither intended to define the invention of the application, which is measured by the claims, nor is it intended to be limiting, as to the scope of the invention in any way.
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|U.S. Classification||2/209.13, 2/175.7|
|Sep 12, 2011||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Feb 5, 2012||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Mar 27, 2012||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20120205